Overview of RIP

RIP (Routing Information Protocol) is an IGP first used in computer routing in the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPAnet) as early as 1969. It is primarily intended for use in homogeneous networks of moderate size.

To determine the best path to a distant network, a router using RIP always selects the path that has the least number of hops. Each router that data must traverse is considered to be one hop.